Storm Clean Up Continues with Tree Stump Removal in Metro

Updated: 10/01/2013 2:07 PM By: Todd Wilson

Kim Young is reminiscing about the big storm that toppled a tree in front of her house in June this summer.

"As soon as I walked in the house to get some water after my run my husband just yelled to get the baby and get in the basement," she said.

The tree didn't fall onto her house. Instead it fell on a house Lori Mardock owns across the street. It blocked 36th Street, ripping up the sidewalk exposing the roots of the tree.

"I knew the city was going to take care of it because the boulevard there are their responsibility," Mardock said.

The storm left destroyed or damaged trees throughout the city.  Clean up was a backbreaker. In fact, crews are still cleaning up trees from that storm.

Raplh Sievert is the Director of Forestry for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. He says, now it's stump extraction time. All 800 stumps have to be removed according to FEMA Rules in order to get reimbursed.

"That means we have to go out and do a GPS co-ordinance of each stump, take a picture of each stump and measure each stump. The whole stump extraction process is about $215.000. When you figure it out that's about $200.00 per stump," he said.

Sievert says, the total bill is expected to be around $2-$2.5 million. The majority of the cost is coming from renting equipment and labor.

He says, they also teamed up with the University of Minnesota for a study to figure out besides weather, why did so many trees fall.

"Is there any correlation you can draw between things going on around the tree and why it fell," Sievert said.

Sievert says, they don't have a date as to when the study will be done.

Stump extraction starts Monday and is expected to be complete by Nov. 1.